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The Imitation Game
This intense Oscar-nominated drama about a mathematician who attempts to crack German codes during World War II is one of the most affecting films of the 2000s.
Alan Turing – a gay icon who would meet a dark fate for his sexuality – leads the effort with other English bright mathematicians to try to win the war. Keira Knightley is exceptional in a supporting role as well.
It’s a film that both pays tribute to Turing and weaves a suspenseful spy tale at the exact same time, and that was more than alright with me.
As it both celebrates the innate queerness of its lead character – and Benedict Cumberbatch gives an unbelievable turn – and tells a grandiose true story, it’s one you shouldn’t sleep on.
From writer-director Adam Brooks comes this romantic, often-hilarious story of a man telling his precocious daughter the story of how he and her mother met.
As he prepares to divorce her mother, he sheds light on the good times, and this film works mostly because the charm Ryan Reynolds brings as a doting dad is impossible not to be endeared to.
Abigail Breslin is eight shades of adorable as his daughter, and with a talented cast of women, including Rachel Weisz, Elizabeth Banks, and Isla Fisher, this is a stacked ensemble.
It’s cute, it’s funny and I guarantee you’ll find enjoyment here with this one.
Before he brought us to a galaxy far, far away, Star Wars creator George Lucas wrote and directed this fantastic high school comedy.
It’s a simple film about high school grads enjoying their final night in their hometown before heading to college, but the young talent on display is nothing short of incredible.
Starring Richard Dreyfuss, Ron Howard and Harrison Ford, it’s a joy to see these actors before they hit it big, and with producer Francis Ford Coppola on board, how could you not enjoy this?
It’s a romp that shows Lucas is more than the sum of R2D2’s parts, and a resonant little coming of age tilt.
One of my favourite films of all time, 1997 gangster flick Donnie Brasco follows an undercover FBI agent who finds himself falling in too deep with his mafia cohorts while trying to do his job.
As he gets more and more embedded in the mob lifestyle, he begins to lose control of himself. Directed with depth and nuance by Mike Newell, this is a drama worth watching and re-watching.
Johnny Depp and Al Pacino are both fantastic as undercover agent and mafia heavy. They twist and tangle and every beat feels real. Every emotion feels entirely raw.
This is one of the best gangster movies of all time, and is a real acting showcase for all involved.
This hilarious, raucous Netflix original comedy series about an awkward teenage boy who begins a sex therapy clinic is one of the most cringe-worthy, truly brilliant shows to come to the streamer.
Otis, 16, teams with a female classmate and uses his invasive sex therapist mother’s techniques to treat other students’ issues at his school.
Starring Asa Butterfield – known for playing Hugo as a child in the Martin Scorsese film – it also boasts X-Files alum Gillian Anderson as his mother, and a great young cast, with Ncuti Gatwa being the standout as his gay, completely fearless best friend.
Season two just premiered on Netflix, and this is a series that shows no signs of slowing down.
Jordan Parker's weekly film reviews can be found on his blog, Parker & The Picture Shows.